We stayed at this B&B at the end of March when days were still fresh and there were no tourists around. We got there around 8pm and driving up the steep montaneous roads at night in the dark was not the best choice. No one was waiting for us at reception, but as soon as we called by phone a lady came to open the door for us and proceeded with the check-in. The room was nice, as there was a small living area with a table and 2 chairs and the bathroom downstairs and then the bedroom in a loft upstairs. All seemed clean and the bedroom was warm, but going downstairs to the toilet was not very handy and the difference in temperature and humidity between the 2 environments was noticeable. Breakfast was fine, although not exceptional and the owner was kind. I am sure that having stayed here in summer my comments would have been more positive. Castiglione is a small village and we found it a bit alienating at night with no one around. Only barking dogs could be heard. Gole dell'Alcantara can easily be reached from here anyway, so all in all it was not a bad option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The diffuse hotel Santa Caterina is at the center of one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in eastern Sicily that go by the imposing Mount Etna, the beaches of Taormina and Giardini Naxos, without underestimating the extraordinary natural and Alcantara Gorges. On the slopes of Etna, a medieval town first inhabited by families of farmers, is the 'diffuse hotel Borgo Santa Caterina. The apartments have been expertly created by restoring the old buildings of 700, to best match the needs of tourism, with the recovery of 'originality, simplicity and beauty of the ancient rural Sicily. In the structure, you can still admire the cellars for storing wine, olive oil and nuts, the old barn and other structures once used by farmers. Today the old winery has become a lovely breakfast room, with characteristic terracotta floors and brick arches, where breakfast is served a rich breakfast buffet with a wide selection of local products. The rooms are all built in a rustic style with wooden beams, are all equipped with private bathroom and a balcony with panoramic views. The terraces are a true paradise thanks to native plants, the vintage jars, the beautiful landscape. Especially in the summer months, when you can make outdoor dining, you will always live a unique and magical. Santa Caterina is located 18 km from Taormina, 16 km from Giardini Naxos, 4 km from the Alcantara Gorge, 15 km from then located close to the main tourist itineraries in Sicily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Diffuso Santa Caterina Sicily/Castiglione Di Sicilia